James Edward Storm

ANCRAM — James Edward Storm was born Feb. 12, 1944, in Welland, Ontario, Canada, and died at his home in Houston, Texas, after a brief illness.

As an entrepreneur, mentor, leader, consultant and engineer, Jim was renowned for restructuring utilities world-wide.

He attended the University of Waterloo, Kitchener, Ontario, where he received a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science in Engineering, followed with post- graduate work at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California.

Jim began his career with IBM in 1968 and invented the first crypto card. He then worked with private equity firms until he started his own company, Nuada Systems Inc., in 1996.

Jim was a role model and inspiration to thousands of colleagues in Malaysia, India, Vienna, the United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, China and North America. His pursuit of excellence and knowledge was always punctuated with kindness and compassion.

As an expert in SAP Solutions, Jim transformed and streamlined utility companies for almost 30 years.

Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 27 years, Alice Axenfield, his sister Melanie (Brian) MacNamara, nephews: JP Brichta (Jessica), Ed Mamede (Colleen), Adam Kowalczyk (Shelly), Gabriel Mamede, and cousins: Marilyn (Rick) Prange, Ken (Jill) Thomas and Sharon (Bob) Ireland. Stepdaughter Stephanie (Rich) Keller and granddaughters: Sydney Rose Keller and Julia Alice Maria Keller.

A man of many talents, Jim lovingly designed the Gypsy Wagon created for Alice on their Ancram, New York, property. He built a custom potting shed and constructed the third floor office of their home.

Jim’s forthcoming young adult novel, “Planet Celeste,” will be published November, 2023.

Jim loved the jazz piano, literary fiction and the Metropolitan Opera where he and Alice were patrons for many years. He was an avid golfer and baseball enthusiast. Jim and Alice visited every continent and had many loving friends and acquaintances from their travels.

Jim will be remembered for his beautiful smile, humor and charming stories of his beloved Bengal cat, Lily.

He is sorely missed by Skye, Suki and Henry.

Jim was interred at Smithfield Cemetery, Amenia, New York, on Aug. 20, 2023.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in loving memory to: The Livestock Conservancy Home — The Livestock Conservancy.

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